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Warren Jeffs´ vast compound where
polygamist leader sexually abused
underage girls is seized by state of Texas
Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:21:16 AM     Post Reply
The compound where cult leader Warren Jeffs sexually abused underage girls is to be seized by the state of Texas, a judge ruled on Monday. The vast Yearning For Zion ranch, owned by the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints, is being seized following an order which claimed the property was used to commit crimes. Leader of the ranch Jeffs is serving a life sentence for the sexual abuse of two girls aged 12 and 15, who he claimed were his ´spiritual brides´. During his trial, it was revealed that the cult leader had fathered a child with one victim. Images were

Change the Name to Change the Game
American Thinker, by Jim Yardley    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/9/2014 5:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Democrat Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas gave a five-minute floor speech on Wednesday calling for the extension of unemployment. Fair enough. She was elected, she is a sworn member of the House, and she has an absolute right to say what she believes. I applaud her for the strength of her convictions, whatever they may be and regardless of how idiotic I personally find them. On the other hand, she is (when all is said and done) not merely a Democrat, she is a Progressive Democrat. And Progressives don´t always limit themselves to the works of Saul Alinsky as

This Unhinged Race-Baiting Rant By
Chris Matthews Proves It´s Going To
Be An Entertaining Year In Politics
Independent Journal Review, by Mike Miller    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2014 5:15:07 AM     Post Reply
It may be a brand new year – but it’s the same ol’ Tingles, who wasted no time busting out his first rant of 2014 – warning Democrats against the perils they face if the GOP wins big in this year’s midterms. “If only the people who voted in 2010 show up this November, you can kiss all this goodbye. You’ll see the beginning of the end of what could’ve been…it will mean Republican control of both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. And with that, a slow-grinding effort to kill not just the president’s healthcare plan, but

  


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Rev. Jackson: 50 years later,
time for a new War on Poverty
Chicago Sun-Times, by Art Golab    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:08:03 AM     Post Reply
The Rev. Jesse Jackson called for a revival of the 1960s-era War on Poverty, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s initiative that brought us Head Start, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, various job training programs and also ramped up funding for welfare and public housing. In a news conference Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of Johnson’s War on Poverty speech, Jackson said that many of these problems are under attack or have been eliminated and that the number of poor has grown to record levels. “Poverty in America is becoming a crisis presenting unprecedented challenges for our nation,” Jackson said. “So now you have a war

You Still Don’t Understand
Islamism, Do You?
PJ Media, by Barry Rubin    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 1/9/2014 5:05:53 AM     Post Reply
Around 2007, I gave a lecture at the Defense Department. One of the attendees presented a scenario suggesting that the “problem of Islam” was not political but a problem of verbiage. There was a secret debate happening in the Defense Department and the CIA in which some people thought that all Muslims were a problem, some believed that only al-Qaeida was a problem, and still others thought the Muslim Brotherhood was a problem. The main problem, however, was that all Islamism was a political threat, but it was the second position that eventually won over the Obama administration. Take note of this;

Oil-and-gas boom pushes U.S. trade
deficit to a four-year low; EIA
revises production forecasts upward
Hot Air, by Erika Johnsen    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2014 5:01:25 AM     Post Reply
And we don’t want more of this, because… why? From the Financial Times: America’s domestic energy revolution helped drive a decline in the US trade deficit to its lowest level in four years, bolstering calls in Washington for the Obama administration to relax decades-old restrictions on the export of crude oil. The improvement in America’s monthly trade gap – to $34.3bn in November from $39.3bn in October – prompted some economists to increase fourth-quarter US growth estimates, reinforcing confidence in the country’s economic recovery. The government’s Energy Information Administration predicted on Tuesday that the US oil boom would continue, driven by rising production

Obama Sits by His Man Biden
After Book’s Scathing Critique
ABC News, by Arlette Saenz    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2014 4:46:57 AM     Post Reply
A picture was truly worth a thousand words at the White House today. Just one day after former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ contempt for Vice President Joe Biden’s foreign policy acumen spilled from between the covers of his 640-page memoir, President Obama and the vice president hardly had to say a word to get their message across. The White House granted the press rare access to the normally private weekly lunch between the pair. They sat across from each other at a large dining table in the private dining room just off the Oval Office, a symbolic show of support from

  


  

Obama, Congress Locked
in Iran Sanctions Dispute
Associated Press, by Bradley Klapper    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 1/9/2014 4:43:07 AM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration enters the year locked in a battle with Congress over whether to plow ahead with new economic sanctions against Iran or cautiously wait to see if last year´s breakthrough nuclear agreement holds. The new sanctions, widely endorsed by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers, would blacklist several Iranian industrial sectors and threaten banks and companies around the world with being banned from the U.S. market if they help Iran export any more oil. The provisions would only take effect if Tehran violates the interim nuclear deal or lets it expire without a follow-up accord. The House already approved

Eco-warriors stranded in the
Antarctic! It’s too good to be true
The Spectator (U,K.), by Mark Steyn    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 11:11:21 PM     Post Reply
Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ‘climate change’; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain,

Could We Get Some Immigrants
Who Can Take a Poll?
Human Events, by Ann Coulter    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 1/8/2014 11:04:09 PM     Post Reply
With Republicans tying themselves in knots over the Democrats’ destructive, but superficially appealing, demand that unemployment benefits be extended to two and a half years, I return to my suggestion that Republicans stop playing defense and go on offense. For every issue that MSNBC loves to prattle on about, gloating that it will cost Republicans this or that demographic, there’s an equivalent issue to use against the Democrats. (The difference is: Our proposals would actually be good for the country.) In addition to my repeated suggestion that Republicans introduce bills to institutionalize the dangerous mentally ill and force the Democrats

Sugar is ´the new tobacco´:
Health chiefs tell food giants
to slash levels by a third
Daily Mail [UK], by Sean Poulter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/8/2014 10:58:16 PM     Post Reply
Food giants are being told to cut the amount of sugar they use because it has become the ‘new tobacco’. Doctors and academics say levels must be reduced by up to 30 percent to halt a wave of disease and death. They found that even zero-fat yoghurts can contain five teaspoons of sugar, while a can of Heinz tomato soup has four. The equivalent of 11 teaspoons are found in a small Starbucks caramel Frappuccino with whipped cream. A Mars bar has eight. [Snip] ‘Everywhere, sugary drinks and junk foods are now pressed on unsuspecting parents and children by a cynical industry

  


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Paramedics were delayed reaching
91-year-old who later died at the
hospital due to traffic caused
by Christie´s Bridge-gate
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 1/8/2014 10:53:11 PM     Post Reply
Marring traffic on the George Washington Bridge had fatal consequences for one 91-year-old woman who was being rushed to the hospital when officials in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie´s administration blocked lanes on the world´s busiest bridge out of political retribution. The governor´s chances of a presidential run are now threatened following the release of emails proving members of his staff blocked lanes on the bridge back in September because the mayor of Fort Lee refused to endorse Christie´s re-election campaign. ´Is it wrong that I am smiling,´ former Port Authority official David Wildstein said in a text message after successfully reverting

An incomparable strategic weapon
for the United States
American Thinker, by Thomas Lifson    Original Article
Posted By: smcchk- 1/8/2014 10:37:36 PM     Post Reply
As Russia prepares to strut its stuff before the world at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the economic foundation of Russian power and prosperity is crumbling, thanks to a strategic weapon developed by the United States. That weapon is fracking, and it is paying havoc with Russia´s ability to exercise power on the world stage. Three articles lay out the devastating consequences of this technological revolution developed mostly not by a national laboratory, huge government initiative, or top scientists, but by guys out in the Texas and Oklahoma oil patches. The American Interest sums it up most pithily: North America´s shale gas boom

Iraqi diplomat wants Obama
engagement in al Qaeda crisis
Washington Post, by Guy Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/8/2014 10:29:16 PM     Post Reply
Iraq’s ambassador to Washington says the Obama administration doesn’t fully grasp the consequences of failing to more aggressively combat a surging al Qaeda threat inside his country, pointedly suggesting that President Obama has been less engaged with Baghdad than his predecessor. “The administration has to have a better understanding of any adverse impact of any delay in provision of support to Iraq,” Ambassador Lukman Faily told The Washington Times in an interview Wednesday. “It cannot afford a whole town or province of Iraq falling to al Qaeda and becoming a safe haven. It’s against the U.S. strategic interest. It’s against

Michelle Obama’s extended Hawaii
stay annoys locals: report
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/8/2014 10:25:08 PM     Post Reply
Michelle Obama’s birthday visit at Oprah Winfrey’s Maui estate has neighbors a little miffed at the additional security and its impact on business. The owner of nearby Goble’s Flower Farm told TMZ that security checkpoints have been dissuading customers from shopping there. Other business owners complained of dwindling inventories due to road closures blocking their deliveries. Even recreational areas like hiking trails have been closed to accommodate the first lady’s stay, TMZ reported. President Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia returned to the White House on Sunday from their Christmas vacation, but first lady Michelle Obama remained in Hawaii for

  


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Despite what the critics say,
Obamacare is working
Washington Post, by Harold Meyerson    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/8/2014 10:22:00 PM     Post Reply
Despite the treasured right-wing talking points, it’s increasingly clear that Obamacare is a success. Moreover, in places where Obamacare is not succeeding, it’s also clear that the right wing is to blame. Well, it’s clear to any who look at the state-by-state numbers of the newly insured. A whole lot of Americans will have to look, however, for the program’s success to redound to Democrats’ advantage. Charles Gaba, an enterprising Web site designer, has taken it upon himself to track the number of Americans who have gained health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Tallying those who have signed

Liberalism by gesture
Washington Post, by George F. Will    Original Article
Posted By: Dreadnought- 1/8/2014 10:14:57 PM     Post Reply
The era of Gesture Liberalism is at hand. It may be more amusing than consequential. Americans who exercise consumer sovereignty wherever Barack Obama still tolerates it are constantly disappointing him. For generations they persisted in buying what he calls “substandard” policies from what he calls “bad apple” health insurers. They stopped only when he forced them to stop — when he rescued them from their ignorance by banning their benighted preferences. Have consumers thanked him for trying to wean them from their desire to drive large, useful, comfortable, safe vehicles that he thinks threaten their habitat, Earth? The 2013 numbers

Obamacare Customers Given
More Time to Pay Insurers
Bloomberg News, by Alex Nussbaum    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 1/8/2014 9:52:30 PM     Post Reply
Two of the largest U.S. health insurers are giving Obamacare customers more time to pay their initial premiums as the industry tries to coax millions of people to take the final step in cementing coverage for 2014. (Snip) Insurers and the Obama administration have repeatedly moved deadlines, relaxed sign-up rules and made other concessions to smooth the process for people who are getting new health coverage this year as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The industry had already pushed back the premium deadline from late December until Jan. 10, following website outages that depressed sign-ups last

Christie’s Waterloo
New York Daily News, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 9:33:50 PM     Post Reply
In the best possible light, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie built a top staff of lying thugs who threatened lives and safety to serve his political ends. If not, Christie is a lying thug himself. Emails and text messages among his close aides made public Wednesday documented that in September they gleefully engineered George Washington Bridge lane closures to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for failing to endorse their boss’ reelection. Local officials say the gridlock they caused delayed ambulances in responding to four calls, including one involving an unconscious 91-year-old woman who later died. Christie’s presidential ambitions are all but

Three charts plus one
PJ Media, by Richard Fernandez    Original Article
Posted By: Hazymac- 1/8/2014 9:31:23 PM     Post Reply
Jonathan Chait is waiting for the Republicans to manufacture another “fake” crisis to put Obamacare back in the news again. For bad as the rollout was the media has moved the narrative along and he expects that the outrage will soon fade to be replaced by the inevitable acceptance. The progressive machine notches up another “gain” and it is onto the next. (Snip) However Chait’s analysis ignores the fact that the Obamacare site failure will be driven from the news by other scandals, not in the least by shortcomings in the economics and business model of Obamacare itself. It’s true

  



U.S. Benghazi compound
lease renewed without security
CBS News, by Sharyl Attkisson    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 1/8/2014 9:23:47 PM     Post Reply
The State Department renewed the lease for the U.S. compound in Benghazi two months before the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attacks without requiring the facility to meet normal security standards. That news comes from an interview Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., conducted with a survivor of the attacks. The survivor, a State Department diplomatic security agent whose name isn´t being disclosed, spoke behind closed doors in late November to Senators Graham, Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Robert Menendez, D-N.J. The previously-undisclosed existence of the year-long lease calls into question the State Department´s designation of the compound as "temporary" and therefore exempt from

Obama invites Merkel to Washington
in bid to end phone bugging row
Telegraph [UK], by David Millward    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/8/2014 9:23:34 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama has invited Angela Merkel to Washington in an attempt to settle the row over the bugging of her mobile phone by the US National Security Agency. The US president made the invitation to the German chancellor as he called to wish her a speedy recovery from a recent skiing injury. Mrs. Merkel´s office said she would accept the invitation, but did not confirm a date. Revelations last year that Mrs Merkel´s phone had been tapped by the Agency triggered a furious reaction from the German leader. She said the closet surveillance operation, which was disclosed by Edward Snowden,

The secret life of Robert Gates
Politico, by Philip Ewing    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/8/2014 9:19:18 PM     Post Reply
Robert Gates’s tenure running the Pentagon might go down as the greatest performance in acting history. On the outside, he was an even-keeled, plain-speaking former college president, one who declared to Congress he hadn’t returned to Washington to be a “bump on a log.” He cleaned house at the Air Force after an embarrassing nuclear weapons scandal and, most of all, righted the course of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — as much as any secretary of defense could.On the inside, according to an early copy of Gates’s new memoir obtained by POLITICO, he was apparently hating every minute of

New ethics rules for Pa. Supreme Court
Philadelphia Inquirer [PA], by Craig R. McCoy    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/8/2014 9:14:10 PM     Post Reply
Pennsylvania´s 450 judges are barred from hiring relatives in the future and must bow out of cases in which any of the lawyers have given them substantial campaign donations, according to a new ethics rules imposed by the state Supreme Court on Wednesday. The update of the Code of Judicial Conduct, the first revision since 1992, also requires judges to quit corporate boards. These are among the highlights in a revised code that now stretches to 41 pages - three times the length of the old one. Most of the changes take effect July 1, though judges have until July

CDC: U.S. Fertility Rate Hits
Record Low for 2nd Straight
Year; 40.7% of Babies Born
to Unmarried Women
Cybercast News Service., by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 1/8/2014 9:10:27 PM     Post Reply
The fertility rate of women in the United States fell to a record low for the second year in a row in 2012, according to data released last week by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also for the second year in a row, 40.7 percent of the babies born in the United States were born to unmarried mothers. The fertility rate is the number of births per 1,000 women aged 15-44. In 2012--according to the Dec. 30, 2013 CDC report “Births: Final Data for 2012"--the U.S. fertility rate was 63.0. That was down from 63.2 in 2011,

Insane Clown Posse, fans sue
over gang classification, say
it´s brought ´real lasting harm´
Detroit News, by Adam Graham and Robert Snell    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 1/8/2014 8:55:10 PM     Post Reply
The horror rap duo Insane Clown Posse and four fans sued the Justice Department on Wednesday, alleging it was unlawful for the government to classify the group’s fans as a gang. The federal court lawsuit, which also names the FBI as a defendant, is the latest development in a long-running dispute between the group and the government, which classified Insane Clown Posse fans as a gang. Insane Clown Posse fans are called Juggalos and were added to the Justice Department’s gang list. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, also wants to block the government “from

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